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Cambridge City Council

Vaccine community champions project

In January 2022 Cambridge City Council were awarded £391,000 from the Dept. for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to promote vaccine uptake amongst seldom heard communities, where there were low levels of vaccine take up. Funding is committed in the period from 1 Jan to 31 March 2023.

Cambridge City Council knew that it could not deliver this project effectively in isolation, so the programme works in partnership with Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services and the Vaccine Access Partnership. Together, we have co-produced a community driven response which addresses misinformation, hesitancy and tackles barriers to vaccine access and wider health inequalities.

The Vaccine Access Partnership helped the project to mobilise quickly, enabling us to build on existing relationships and establish a community-based approach to delivery.

Champions have been recruited from local communities by well-networked community partners. They are trained and supported to co-develop the best plan for activity for engaging people in their communities around vaccination. This helps reach people not currently engaged by our existing activities.

Groups awarded grant funding:

• Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services
• Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum
• Cambridge Online
• Cambs Youth Panel
• Rowan
• Collusion Cambridge
• Museum of Cambridge
• Arts Partners

All projects are co-produced and all stakeholders have an equal position on the project, which encourages trust and respect. We simplified a lot of processes to make applications and monitoring simple and accessible. Principles of systems thinking are also used to link activity to tackle wider health inequalities.

Learning from the project will feed directly back to Cambridge City Council’s wider transformation, part of which looks at how we as an organisation work with partners and communities in the future.

More information about the individual grant awarded projects can be found at Project Cammunity.

For any questions, please contact vaccinechampions@cambridge.gov.uk.